Music & The Holy Spirit
Over the past few years I've heard a couple different people say to me "musical artists are modern day poets"... I think they're right.
Now I'm not about to say that all musicians are good poets... shoot not all poets are good poets. But every once in awhile a few current contemporary musical artists prove to be quite profound.
For some reason over the past few weeks I’ve had this looming thought that there are some similarities between how music and Holy Spirit influence people. So I spent some time thinking through the similarities between the Holy Spirit and Music.
All throughout history music has been one of the most influential forces in the world. The songs that flood the music charts speak to the "sprit of the age" otherwise known as the "zeitgeist" which are (summed up would be) the overarching influences of our current time.
Some of those influences are good... and some are not. Whether good or bad it is undeniably true that music in and of itself has the ability to penetrate a persons mind, thereby influencing their actions. Music has the ability to influence people regardless of their religious affiliation, dogma or personal convictions.
The Holy Spirit does the same thing... only on a supernatural level.
God works in the lives of people through the Holy Spirit. He (the Holy Spirit) transforms the believer by regenerating them upon their conversion (John 3:3, 5-6). He empowers, indwells and illuminates (John 14:16-17) the heart and mind of the believer.
Unlike music the Holy Spirit fills the believer with knowledge (Exod. 31:3-5) and power (Luke 4:14). It was this power that was responsible to drive out demons (Matt. 12:28). It is He who convicts the world of sin in order to lead people to conversion (John 16:8-11). Talk about the ultimate influencer!
Though it is true that music may have influence over the minds and lives of people, conversely, it is ABSOLUTELY true that the transformation of the mind, body and soul are a direct result of His ministry.
The Holy Spirit worked in the lives of the apostles and continues to work in our lives today. He counsels and guides the believer to maturity in Christ.
People are impressionable. The question for each of us to consider is who is influencing us?